‘They said they’d interrupt training’

Pepe Mel has explained why he and Real Betis captains Nacho and Jorge Molina spoke with ultras at training this week.

The club are enduring a difficult moment in La Liga after dropping into the relegation zone following a run of just one win from the last six played, compounded by Sunday’s 5-0 defeat Atletico Madrid.

The team’s return to training on Tuesday saw a mixed reception from around 200 fans in attendance, whilst the Coach and team captains Nacho and Molina notably met with a group of the club’s ultras to talk through the current crisis.

“A club employee told me that some fans wanted to talk to the captains and I said that they could not,” explained Mel to reporters today.

“They insisted, because if not, they said they would stop training. So we decided to talk.”

Betis are preparing for Thursday’s visit of Levante.

“We have tried to return to the beginning to see what worked and what style of play we had. We have seen our mistakes, we dedicated much of training yesterday with the dressing room. That is what we are concerned with and that we must fix.

“The culprit is the coaching staff because the team has been poor, we must find the mistakes and provide the means, everything else is just words and they do not win games.

“What happened yesterday is yesterday and not tomorrow. The fans have asked them to give it their all on the field tomorrow and of course they will.

“We care what happens tomorrow and not yesterday, which does not matter and that you cannot change.

“What I want is to talk about Levante, which will provide us with our bread. Words do not win games. What matters is what happens tomorrow and I am confident in the players.”

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